The Old Fairfield City Cemetery (Jefferson County, Iowa)
117. WILLIAMSON: RICHARD, Born in Penrith, Cumberland Co., England, Nov. 25, 1793,
Died Nov. 12, 1860
118. WILLIAMSON: (W. face) JOHN, Born in Keswick, Cumberland Co., England
Died July 24, 1902, Aged 79 yrs. 7 mos.
“O death where is they sting
O grave where is they victory”
(S. face) SUSAN WILLIAMSON, Born in Kirkburton, England
Dec. 16, 1818, Died Apr. 22, 1909
Aged 90 yrs. 4 mos.
(N. face) RICHARD, Born in Penrith, Cumberland Co., England
Nov. 25, 1793, Died Nov. 12, 1860
Portrait & Biographical Album, Published 1890, Page 260.
HON. JOHN WILLIAMSON, Superintendent of the County Poor Farm of Jefferson County, was born in Penrith, Cumberland County, England, December 25, 1822. His father, RICHARD WILLIAMSON, was a stone-mason by trade and a weaver of fancy goods, but followed the latter occupation during the greater part of his life. He married MARGARET PATTERSON….who died at the age of forty years, leaving five children, three sons and two daughters. Only one of JOHN’S brothers came to the U. S., HIRAM, who crossed the waters in 1850 …..Late in life JOHN’S father also came to America where he spent his last days, his death occurring in Fairfield, Iowa, Nov. 13, 1860, twelve days before his 67th birthday.
When a lad of 11 years JOHN WILLIAMSON learned the weaver’s trade with his father and continued to follow that pursuit during his residence in his native land. On May 8, 1851, he married SUSAN MARSDEN, a native of Yorkshire, England, born Dec. 16, 1818, and on the 65th anniversary of American Independence they sailed for this country. After a voyage of six weeks on the briny deep, they reached Boston Harbor in August, 1851. Going to Dover, N. H., both MR. and MRS. WILLIAMSON began work in a factory …During four years of labor and saving, they had acquired enough to enable them to make an investment in western lands and with that purpose in view they came to Jefferson County in May, 1855, where they purchased fifty acres of prairie land, four miles west of Fairfield…
In Keosauque on the 30th of October, 1856, MR. WILLIAMSON became a naturalized citizen of America….During the war he served a short time as commissary for the Home Guards, the stores consisting of five gallons of brandy. (P.S. He was not a Prohibitionist at that time.) As a public speaker, MR. W. is in great demand, whether at Old Settlers Associations, in political campaigns, or as a Fourth of July orator. His speeches abound in native eloquence and invincible logic….
Oct. 14, 1896
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JOHN WILLIAMSON has bought a farm adjoining his old farm, four miles north of town, on the West Richland road, and intends to move out there sometime before the middle of November.
Oct. 28, 1896
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HON. JOHN WILLIAMSON and wife moved to their farm, four miles north of town, Monday. They have a comfortable home near their old place and Uncle JOHN has three or four acres of ground to keep his employed. There is no happier or more worthy couple in the county.
Note: See the book, “JOHN WILLIAMSON of Hardscrabble,” by MOSES A. MCCOID, Published 1902. Copy in Fairfield Public Library. Illustrations by the Fairfield artist, H. G. (“PAT”) SHRINER, who also painted portraits of both the author and the subject of the book. The portrait of JOHN WILLIAMSON is in the Pioneer Room of the Fairfield Library; portrait of MOSES A. MCCOID in the Court Room, Jefferson County Courthouse.
June 13, 1889
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Fair View, Jefferson County, known as Hard Scrabble ….
Wed. Apr. 28, 1909
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MRS. SUSAN WILLIAMSON, one of the pioneer settlers of Jefferson County, died at her home on W. Hempstead Street last Thursday evening, Apr. 22, 1909….Since MR. WILLIAMSON’S death a few years ago, MRS. WILLIAMSON has resided with her adopted daughter, MISS. LELA LAWSON. She was widely known in Fairfield and throughout the county….
119. ACKERMAN: WOLFGANG, Co. G, 43 Ill. Inf.
Thurs. Dec. 8, 1864
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DIED—On the 29th of Nov. 1864, of disease contracted in the army, WOLFGANG ACKERMAN, aged 34 years and 4 days. Native of Rotterstadt, Bavaria, where he resided until about 23 years of age. He then left the land of his fathers and emigrated to the United States….Like thousands of others who come to us from foreign shores, he highly honored the institutions of his adopted country, and when our national troubles arose he was among the first to proffer his aid to the government ….On 25 April 1861 he was mustered into the three months service by CAPT. ADOLPH DANGLER, joined the 3d Missouri Infantry, then under the command of FRANZ SIGEL…..He was present at the capture of Carthage and Wilson’s Creek, besides several other engagements of less note…Enlisted in the 43d Illinois Infantry and continued in the service for three years longer…took part in the battle of Shiloh, and the sieges of Corinth and Vicksburg. His second term of service ended on the 25th of October, 1864, only about one month before his death. He received his naturalization papers and became a loyal citizen of the Republic which he had served so well, immediately after he left the army. But now we trust he is a citizen of even a better country than our own, and has entered upon a service even nobler than the one from which he has been so recently discharged…He leaves a sister, brother, and a father here to mourn his early departure.
May 19, 1870
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ACKERMAN. Died, at the residence of his son-in-law, in Fairfield, on Sunday, May 15, 1870, of Dropsy, ANDREW ACKERMAN, aged 75 years and 6 days. He was a native of Germany and had been in this country about 14 years.
Page 489, 1879 History of Jefferson County: “ANDREW ACKERMAN, a German, was the first interment in the new (Evergreen) Cemetery, buried May 15, 1870.”
June 23, 1870
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DEDICATION…..of the new Cemetery, next Tuesday, June 28th, at 3 o’clock p. m. on the grounds…To CAPTAIN CLEMENT JORDAN our citizens should feel under lasting obligations for the indefatigable manner in which he has worked to secure this new cemetery….
We would say that the City Council authorized the Sexton of the old grave yard to clean the walks and the Potter’s Field, trim up the trees and remove those that are unsightly, and make the grave yard as attractive as possible. Persons who have lots will be showing additional respect to the dead, and do a service to the public, by removing the rubbish from the lots and making them less repulsive than many now are…While our citizens have frequently been moved at the unsightly appearance of the old cemetery grounds, and about once a year made a call for all to turn out enmasse[sic] to clean and fix up the grounds, can anyone say that at any time they would not be ashamed of the appearance of our cemetery? Would it not be a good plan for our city authorities to give the new association a liberal yearly sum to take the old grounds in their care, allowing them full control of the same? This is for our citizens to say.
Can’t we get up a little general pride and ambition on this subject, and have grounds that we will make attractive as a “last resting place” for ourselves and, “those who have gone before.”
120. SAPPENFIELD: MARY J., Dau. of A. W. & T. A. SAPPENFIELD,
Died Oct. 8, 1877, Aged 2 ys. 2 ms. 8 d.
121. STARK: HENRY H., 1839 – 1898.
His wife SARAH ELIZABETH, 1841 – 1926. (SAPPENFIELD)
Jan. 26, 1898
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Death of H. H. STARK, son of WM. A. STARK; married in Park County, Ind., 26 Apr. 1860, SARAH E. SAPPENFIELD….
Jan. 26, 1898
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DEATH OF HENRY H. STARK…..at this home in this city Monday morning…Born in Park County, Ind., Feb. 6, 1839, where he grew to manhood. Married in that state April 22, 1860, MISS. SARAH E. SAPPENFIELD, who survives him. A short time later the young people removed to Jefferson County, and the home of the family has since been there. Two children were born of this marriage, one of whom, HIRAM STARK, of Fairfield township, is yet living. The body will be interred in the City cemetery.
June 20, 1894
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AFTER THIRTEEN YEARS OF SUFFERING. ANDREW SAPPENFIELD, SR., died at the home of his son, W. H. SAPPENFIELD, five miles west of town Friday….Paralysis. MR. SAPPENFIELD was seventy-seven years of age, and was a pioneer settler of Jefferson County. He lived on a farm west of town for a long time, and afterwards spent several years in this city. He reared a large family of children, nine of whom are now living. Two sons, W. H. and A. J., now reside in this county, as well as a daughter, MRS. H. H. STARK….His aged wife survives him. The remains were interred in this city Saturday.
June 27, 1894
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Death of ANDREW SAPPENFIELD, resident of Jefferson County over 30 years, Friday, June 15. Born in Davidson County, N. C., May 20, 1817. In 1828 he came with his parents to Park County, Ind. Married MARGARET GRIMES of Burlington, Iowa, in 1837 and came to this county in 1860… 11 children, nine still living –five sons and four daughters. Lutheran church.
March 27, 1901
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DEATH OF MRS. SAPPENFIELD. MARGARET, widow of the late ANDREW SAPPENFIELD, died in this city Saturday morning. Born in North Carolina Aug. 12, 1820. She was a daughter of MATTHIAS GRIMES, who at one time owned a considerable tract of land west of the city and after whom an addition to Fairfield was named. The family came to this country in 1835. Two years later the daughter was married to ANDREW SAPPENFIELD, and returned to Indiana. In 1860 the family came to this county, and has since made its home here….Nine children survive the parents—MRS. WILLIAM HAWK, WILLIAM and A. J. SAPPENFIELD in this county; MRS. BEN STUMP at Marshalltown; JOHN SAPPENFIELD in Illinois; WASHINGTON and MRS. FRANK TRENT in Kansas; MRS. DAVID GOODE in Oregon; and EPHRAIM in Oklahoma. MRS. SAPPENFIELD belonged to one of the pioneer families of Jefferson County…Her remains were interred in the City Cemetery Sunday afternoon….
122. GALLAGHER: GRACE THRESA, Dau. of JAMES & MARY GALLAGHER,
Died July 31 (?) 1881, AE 3 months (?).
123. MCLEOD: Sacred to the memory of HELEN VINCENT MCLEOD
Dau. of M. & M. E. MCLEOD, Died Aug. 27, 1881, Aged 10 mos. 22 days.
124. CATON: WILLIAM THOMAS, son of THOMAS and MARY CATON,
Died Mar. 25, 1882, Aged 9 mos. & 28 ds.
125. SAYLER: GEORGE MONROE, Son of J. H. & E. J. SAYLER,
Born May 12, 1859, Died Dec. 17, 1860.
126. SHIELDS: In memory of JAMES, son of JOHN & NANCY SHIELDS,
who departed this life September 4th A. D. 18__, Aged 7 months & 29 Days.
127. CONNOR? WILLIAM(?) Son (?) of O. & L. _____?
Sep. 30, 1870, Died_______, Aged 6 Y. 6M. 21 D.
128. D______: ? (Stone around which an enormous elm tree has grown)
Catharine D_____, Died Aug. 21, 187_.
Note: The elm tree died. Later we noted the tree had been removed, and the STONE had also disappeared.
129. DUBOIS: CHARLOTTE, Dau. of J. W. & E. DUBAIS, (the “a” is underlined)
AE 2 Yrs. 6 Mo’s. & 25 d’s. (No death date.)
July 11, 1888
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A GOOD MAN PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY….JOHN W. DUBOIS was among the early settlers of Iowa. In Aug. 1840 he first gazed upon what was known as the “Black Hawk Purchase.” Afterward he moved with his wife and two children into this county, arriving on the 15th of Jan. 1843. He was of French-Huguenot descent., and often within the hearing and to the joy of the writer traced his lineage with great and singular accuracy to the year 1050, to GERFRODI DU BOIS, who was appointed by the crown, “Grand Master of the Forests of France.” He told us he had in his possession a facsimile of the original coat of arms of this ancient family. He was born in New York City on 10 Oct. 1817. His first wife was ELIZABETH DILL, who was born in White County, Tenn., July 12, 1818, and died in 1881. By his first wife he had nine children, seven of whom survive him. In 1882 he married MISS. JENNIE DU BOIS, who survives him, by whom he had no issue….
1850 Census of Fairfield:
167 – 169. JNO. DUBOIS 33 m Farmer $1500 RE; Born N. Y.
ELIZABETH “ 32 f Tenn.
THOS. R. “ 10 m Ill.
RUBEN “ 8 m Ill.
THEODORE “ 6 m Io.
JOHN “ 2 m Io.
Dec. 18, 1895
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A SAD TRAGEDY….Death of SAMUEL DUBOIS at Omaha, Nebr. Son of JOHN DUBOIS and wife….36 years old.
Aug. 10, 1904?
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Death of NATHANIEL S. DUBOIS, aged 41, son of the late JOHN DUBOIS SR.
*notation to see Fairfield Ledger? July 6, 1892, Page 3, column 6
Mon. July 23, 1945
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JOHN HENRY DUBOIS, 59, lifelong Jefferson County resident, died at his home 2 ½ miles northwest of Fairfield yesterday morning….Evergreen. Born Apr. 14, 1886, in Jefferson County, son of POLK and MARY ANN BLOUGH DUBOIS. Married BERNICE A. HUMPHREY Feb. 15, 1911, who survives. Christian church. Surviving beside s his wife and a sister, MRS. ROSS ANDERSON of Fairfield, is one son DONALD of Chicago.
NELSON R. DUBOIS, age 58, d. Mar. 23, 1898…….
MABEL A. (DUBOIS) ANDERSON
Wed. July 7, 1965
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MRS. ANDERSON RITES THURSDAY. Services for MRS. ROSS ANDERSON, 81, lifetime resident of Jefferson County, will be held Thursday at 10:30 a. m. at the Weston Behner Funeral Home.
MRS. ANDERSON died Tuesday at the Nelson Nursing Home. She had been in failing health for three years. Her home was at 206 W. Broadway. Services will be conducted by the REV. DONALD A. EAGLE of Des Moines. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.
MRS. ANDERSON was the former MABEL A. DUBOIS. She was born Aug. 10, 1883, the daughter of THEODORE P. and MARY ANN BLOUGH DUBOIS. She was married to L. ROSS ANDERSON Jan. 1, 1914. He preceded her in death July 19, 1959.
MRS. ANDERSON was a member of the Jefferson County Hospital Board for 14 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Colonists. She was also a teacher in the Fairfield Elementary Schools for 20 years.
MRS. ANDERSON is survived by one nephew, DONALD D. DUBOIS, St. Joseph, Mo., and one grand-niece, CYNTHIA ANN DUBOIS. One brother is deceased.
(DAC #9462 – Colonial Ancestor, JACQUES DUBOIS;
DAR # 165547 – Revolutionary Ancestor, KOERT DUBOIS)
*Do not know if all families mentioned are connected or not, will leave that to you to decide. Did not want to break up in case related.